Turning Heads episode 14 features Alice Skye, a Wergaia and Wemba Wemba songwriter who is based in Melbourne.
Alice grew up in Horsham in rural western Victoria and started releasing music in 2016, putting out the singles 'You Are the Mountains', '60%' and 'Poetry By Text' in the lead up to her debut album. That album arrived in 2018 – it's called Friends With Feelings and was recorded in Alice Springs with support from CAAMA Music, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association.
Since recording Friends With Feelings, Alice has struck up a partnership with musicians (and twins) Sam and Kane King, who play guitar and drums in her live band. They're also from Horsham and their contributions have helped to evolve the sound of Alice's music.
This can be heard on her latest two singles, 'I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good' and 'Grand Ideas', both of which show off a rockier sound. Those songs are set to appear on Alice’s forthcoming second album, which was produced by Jen Cloher and is coming out through Briggs' Bad Apples Music label.
Our podcast chat covers not being able to perform live due to coronavirus, Alice's childhood influences, working with the twins and Jen Cloher and writing about mental health.
Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.